Pastor Danny Eugene Scotton, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the Alpha Baptist Church in Willingboro, New Jersey. Pastor Scotton is a servant leader who has brought a do as I do approach to the ministry of Alpha Baptist. He is a native of High Point, North Carolina, where he was born the eighth of eleven children to Lovell and Tommie Pearl Scotton. He relocated with his family to the Northeast (NJ and PA) at the age of five. After a successful academic and athletic career at Bensalem High School in Bensalem, PA, Pastor Scotton received a full athletic scholarship in wrestling from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
At Northwestern, he began to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an electrical engineer. He graduated in 1982 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the degree of MS in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, in 1986. Rev. Scotton worked as an Electrical Engineer for over twenty years serving in numerous positions from Design Engineer to Sr. Program Director. While working as an engineer, Rev. Scotton began to wrestle with a call to ministry.
Pastor Scotton began his formal theological education at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) where he received his Master’s of Divinity Degree (M.Div) in May of 2000. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) degree in Leadership of Missional Church Renewal at Palmer Seminary. He is using the research from his Doctoral Project to transform Alpha Baptist into a church with a Missional Ecclesiology.
Pastor Scotton was licensed to the Gospel Ministry on September 10, 1995 at Alpha and was ordained at Alpha on July 11, 2004 while serving as Pastor. Prior to serving as pastor, Pastor Scotton served in the Lord’s Ministry at Alpha for over fifteen years (duties included Assistant Pastor, Youth Pastor, Deacon, Youth Task Force Administrator, member of the Men’s Task Force and sang on multiple choirs).
After completing a two-year Field Education at Alpha in 1999, serving as the Assistant Pastor, Pastor Scotton and his family joined the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family in Burlington, New Jersey. At Tabernacle, He served as an Associate Minister under the leadership of the late, Rev. Dr. Richard W. Jones. His major duties at Tabernacle included coordinating the youth programs (SHINE Youth Ministry), teaching the Sr. High School Bible Study, teaching the New Members Class and assisting the pastor during worship services.
On September 29, 2002, Pastor Scotton was installed as the pastor of the Alpha Baptist Church. He was blessed to become the full-time pastor at Alpha in January 2004. God’s anointing on his pastorate has been evidenced by the tremendous numerical and spiritual growth of Alpha Baptist Church. He says that his greatest accomplishment at Alpha is that he has had the privilege of baptizing over 700 new believers in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Pastor Scotton loves the Lord and truly loves the Lord’s people.
Under Pastor Scotton’s leadership, Alpha has become a church that truly cares about Willingboro and the surrounding communities. Pastor Scotton leads by example and remains very visible and active in the community. In our community, he provides family counseling, premarital counseling, and preforms over 30 community funerals per year at no cost, he preaches, speaks and teaches at numerous churches, nursing homes and the prison, and he prays yearly at the Willingboro Reorganization Meeting and other township sponsored events. Pastor Scotton is available to the community and makes Alpha Baptist Church available to the community.
Pastor Scotton has received numerous awards for his service and has been active in multiple community organizations that are working hard to improve our community. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and works with other organizations for community improvement. Pastor Scotton has been a wrestling coach for the Willingboro Junior Wrestling Program since 1982, he also coached in the Western Division Baseball League, he has work with and supported our youth in the Youth Achiever’s Committee Science Fairs, he served as the President of the Willingboro Clergy Association and is a current member of the association, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Greater Delaware Valley Association of American Baptist Churches.
Pastor Scotton’s partner in ministry and marriage is his college sweetheart, the former Linda L. Cornelous of Chicago, Illinois. First Lady Scotton works professionally as a Home Care Physical Therapist and serves in the music, dance and scholarship ministries of Alpha. They are the proud parents of two wonderful young men, Danny Jr., a Princeton University graduate currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Palmer Seminary and Terrance, a Northwestern University graduate and current law student at Chicago Kent School of Law.